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The Duck-billed platypus

The bizarre appearance of this egg-laying, venomous , duck billed, beaver tailed, otter footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate fraud. It is one of the few venomous mammals; the male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans. The unique features of the platypus make it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology and a recognisable and iconic symbol of Australia; it has appeared as a mascot at national events and is featured on the reverse of the Australian 20 cent coin. The platypus is the animal emblem of the state of New South Wales.
Webbed Feet Animals Swimming
until the early 20th century it was hunted for its fur, but it is now protected throughout its range. Although captive breeding programs have had only limited success and the platypus is vulnerable to the effects of pollution, it is not under any immediate threat.
When the platypus was first discovered by Europeans in 1798, a pelt and sketch were sent back to the united Kingdom by Captain John Hunter, the second Governor of New South Wales. The British scientists were at first convinced that the attributes must have been a hoax. George Shaw, who produced the first description of the animal in the Naturalist's Miscellany in 1799, stated that it was impossible not to entertain doubts as to its genuine nature, and Robert Knox believed it may have been produced by some Asian taxidermist. It was thought that somebody had sewn a duck's beak onto the body of a beaver-like animal. Shaw even took a pair of scissors to the dried skin to check for stitches.

Australian Bush Fires - Why do we have them?


Australia's deadliest bushfires eased on Monday, but the death toll rose to 126 as firefighters and families search for scores of missing in the twisted, charred ruins.

2 Why does this happen so often?

This raises some questions as to why Australia annually suffers destructive bushfires. Bushfires are a natural phenomenon in Australia, due to its hot, dry environment. Aborigines also traditionally burnt the countryside for many reasons: hunting, communication, horticulture, ease of travel and for ceremonies. This constant burning limited the build up of fuel and reduced the number of large intense fires. A mosaic of different vegetation in various stages of development provided a range of food sources and habitats both for Aborigines and the animals they hunted. European settlement has seen an end to Aboriginal burning and resulted in a build up of fuel for fires across Australia.

Australia's deadliest bushfire resulted from a combination of extreme weather conditions. Southeast Australia baked under a record heatwave, with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius for a week, due to a stationary high pressure weather system. A decade long drought and hot, dry interior outback winds last week created a tinderbox. A series of small fires joined up into one big fire but strong southerly winds on Saturday night whipped it into an inferno, destroying towns and killing people.

Bush Fire!!

Forest Fires

The most poisonous

The Australian Museum in Sydney has a ranking of Australia's most dangerous animals based on the level of threat they pose, combined with how likely an unlucky punter is to encounter one in the wild. While many of the usual suspects are there, you might be surprised to find the humble honey bee features high up on the list.
Martyn Robinson, a naturalist at the Australian Museum, thinks the threat from creatures that bite and sting may be overblown compared to the threat from moving vehicles. "The most dangerous thing you can do is probably just crossing the road," he told Mashable Australia.
Still, if you plan to walk or swim in the land Down Under, here are some of the dangerous animals you should be worried about.

Box jellyfish

Highly dangerous, the box jellyfish is usually found in Northern Australia during the warmer months — exactly when you want to swim.
They're called box jellyfish because their bell — the top of the jellyfish — has four corners, as well as clusters of trailing, stinging tentacles that can stretch more than two metres (6.4 feet), Robinson said.
Human encounters occur most often when the box jellyfish comes close to shore to breed in estuaries. "That type of water is muddy, so you can't always see them and they can't see you," he added. If you're in the murky water and brush against one, you can easily be stung.

The humble honey bee

Although not a native to Australia, comes second on the list because it's both common and deadly to small subset of people. Being stung by 100 or so honey bees could put anyone at risk of a fatality, but for those who are highly allergic, even a single sting can be a life threatening situation.
"The honey bee has barbed stings, so it can only sting once," Robinson. "The purpose of the sting is to make you never want to bother a bee ever again."

Irukandji jellyfish

A type of small box jellyfish, the Irukandji jellyfish can be the size of a finger nail in the bell, and its tentacles can be up to one metre (3.2 feet) in length.
Scientists are not certain of the full range of locations where they occur, Robinson said, but there have been remarkably similar stings along the Australian coastline. While the box jellyfish is usually found in shallow water, the Irukandji jellyfish is most often in deep water.

The Problem Continues into 2020

Environmentalists are the arsonists of Australia: Fires made worse by shortsighted environmental policies that prohibit the removal of forest fuel

Report By Ethan H

The horrific wild fires that are scorching many areas of Australia right now are creating quite a disturbing scenario for the island nation, as photos and videos continue to emerge that can only be described as apocalyptic. But it didn’t have to be this way, according to English journalist James Delingpole, who blames misplaced environmentalist policies for exacerbating this tragic situation.
In an article he wrote for Breitbart News, Delingpole explains how this extreme natural disaster has nothing to do with man-made "climate change” – unless you consider environmentalist interference with nature mitigation a form of human-induced climate alteration.
The mainstream media both here and in Australia has been quick to blame these out-of-control blazes on "historic” high temperatures, which simply isn’t the case. Not only is Australia not breaking any heat records, rainfall levels have also been mostly normal – meaning it’s business as usual down under for this time of year.
So, why are there raging infernos, you’re probably asking yourself? The first culprit, which has nothing to do with humans driving cars or eating meat, by the way, are arsonists, which the media has barely been reporting on in its fervor to cast "global warming” as the perpetrator.
The second culprit, and this is where ideologically retarded environmentalists come into play, is a coordinated failure by the Australian government to properly manage its forests with controlled burns, brush cleanup and other mitigatory efforts.
Similar to California’s wildfires, which were also determined to have been caused by the Golden State’s failure to keep its forests healthy, Australia’s wildfires are largely a product of environmentalist objection to things like controlled burns, dredging, and other forms of standard environmental maintenance.
Irony: Those trying to save the climate are actually destroying it
Let’s be frank: Many leftist "tree-huggers” reel at the thought of anything being burned, because that means trees disappear and smoke is created, which is simply too much for them to handle. Thus, they’ve influenced the political system to avoid doing things like controlled burns that are absolutely critical for preventing the types of raging infernos that destroy entire neighbourhoods, animal habitats and even human lives.
"[W]ell-meaning idiots who don’t understand that unless you manage forested areas with controlled burns, you’re going to end up with out-of-control wildfires,” represent a form of man-made "climate change” that changes the climate for the worse, as we’re now seeing in Australia, according to Delingpole.
If you don’t believe us or Delingpole, then you might want to check out this story, which explains how deranged climate fanatics protested and ultimately stopped one such controlled burn that was supposed to have taken place in Nowa Nowa prior to these current out-of-control blazes.
These environmental morons actually held up protest signs that said things like, "Spring burns kill baby birds alive” and "Stop burning nesting birds.” Well, those nesting birds are all now gone, as are hundreds of homes and at least 17 people who were burned alive in the now-raging infernos that came instead – ah, and at least half a billion animals and counting have died as well.
The so-called "greens” in Australia have also successfully blocked routine forest clearance, another vital process for ensuring that forests don’t become the major fire hazards that they’ve now obviously become.
"... in large parts of Australia, it remains illegal to remove trees from your land even in order to create fire breaks and protect your property – despite the obvious risk this ban creates to homeowners living in potential bush-fire zones," Delingpole notes.
"Trees have been designated a ‘carbon sink,’ which supposedly offset Australia’s CO2 emissions.”
In other words, environmental stupidity is to blame for all of this death and destruction, not people watering their lawns and failing to trade in their combustion engine vehicles for an expensive Tesla.
Describe this place. What adjectives could you use? How did it get there? How can you tell?
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